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San Joaquin Valley College

Rancho Mirage, CA

5 Programs

Available Programs

  • Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
    Building Systems, Construction, and Manufacturing

    Program Highlights

    SJVC's Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVAC or HVAC-R) program prepares students to work in the heating and cooling industry. Curriculum focuses on theories of heating, refrigeration and air conditioning. Students study the operation, maintenance and repair of residential and commercial equipment.


    • Heating and cooling principles
    • Electrical theories
    • Diagnosing mechanical and electrical problems
    • Proper installation, servicing and replacement techniques
    • Credential and Professional Certification

    Graduates can earn a Certificate of Completion in as few as 10 months, or an Associate of Science Degree in as few 14 months.

    Graduates also have the opportunity to earn the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 608 certification. Fees associated with this examination are included in tuition for first-time test takers. Payment for retakes or subsequent exams are the responsibility of the graduate. Failure to sit for the exam does not constitute a refund or discount in tuition.


    For more information about the median debt of students who completed the program and other important information, please visit Associate’s Degree or Certificate.

  • Medical Assisting
    Medicine and Health Care

    Program Highlights

    SJVC’s Medical Assisting classes prepare graduates to work in medical offices and specialty clinics in as few as 9 months. Training helps students learn the skills required to be a valuable member of the healthcare team.

    SJVC’s Clinical Medical Assisting program is designed to introduce students to the core skills and competencies needed to work as a medical assistant in California. You will graduate with the knowledge and hands-on skills needed to provide administrative and/or clinical support in healthcare settings such as medical offices, clinics, and hospitals.


    • Patient care
    • Medical office procedures
    • Laboratory skills
    • Credential and Professional Certifications

    Our Clinical Medical Assisting (CMA) students can earn a certificate of completion in approximately 9 months.

    Graduates earn a Certificate of Completion and are eligible to sit for the National Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA) exam offered by the National Center for Competency Testing.* Students also prepare for and take certification exams within their program courses that include HIPAA and CPR.

    Students residing outside of California are encouraged to take a certification examination recognized by their state medical board or an independent certification organization.

    *Graduates may qualify for other certifications depending upon location and placement requirements


    For more information about the median debt of students who completed the program and other important information, please visit Certificate.

  • Medical Office Administration
    Medicine and Health Care

    Medical secretaries have a range of clerical duties and responsibilities1, including:

    • Maintain medical facility records
    • Enter patient data into computers
    • Process medical billing information and insurance claims
    • Schedule patient procedures or appointments
    • Transcribe dictation
    • Prepare reports or articles for physicians or medical scientists.
    • Arrange for patients to be hospitalized

    SJVC’s Medical Office Administration program is designed to help students develop the actual skills employers are looking for. An externship component exposes students to hands-on, real-world experience under the direction of a medical office manager or director in an actual healthcare setting. Externships allow students to experience what it’s like to be a medical office administrator and learn practical skills in the types of places they may work in after graduation.

  • Pharmacy Technology
    Medicine and Health Care

    Program Highlights

    SJVC’s Pharmacy Technology program prepares you to work under the direct supervision of a Registered Pharmacist as part of a team responsible for carrying out doctors’ pharmaceutical orders.


    • Pharmacy law and ethics
    • Computer data entry
    • Pharmacy science & clinical applications
    • Prescription processing

  • Business Office Administration
    Business, Marketing, and Communication

    Program Highlights

    SJVC’s Business Administration certificate program provides a framework of business knowledge and skills that can adapt to any company’s operation. Students develop into knowledgeable, ethical and technically competent business professionals.


    Practical application of business accounting fundamentals

    • Principals of basic business math
    • Written & digital business communication
    • Basic elements of HR, marketing, customer service and social media for business
    • Productivity software


San Joaquin Valley College is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, (510)748-9001.

The WSCUC is an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.


Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

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